IBA Convocation 2016: Empowering future leaders

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Staff Reporter

Karachi—IBA Karachi commemorated its annual convocation on the vast grounds of IBA-UBL Sports Complex at IBA, Main Campus. A total of 695 students (the largest cohort of graduates in IBA’s history) were conferred degrees for the completion of their undergraduate and post-graduate programs.
The audience consisted of proud parents, students, faculty members and distinguished personalities from the corporate, academic and public sectors; Dean and Director IBA Karachi, Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, chief guest Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah and Minister Education and Literacy, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar.
Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Dean and Director IBA, welcoming the guests, profusely expressed his gratitude to the chief guest, Syed Murad Ali Shah. He then addressed the graduating batch and praised their efforts and hard work, during their time at IBA.
‘To the Class of 2016: That you are assembled here as “soon-to-be graduates” is a testament to the hard work you have put in over the past few years. You have crossed big and small obstacles, to arrive here. Most departments at IBA require students to pass at least 46 courses in four years of study. And the typical course involves two mid-terms and a final examination, or three examinations per course.”
Dr. Farrukh stated, ‘Our facilities are now at par with the best endowed universities in the country! And they are kept in this fine state by a dedicated group of support staff.’
Following this, degrees were conferred to students by the Dean and Director, Dr. Farrukh Iqbal and the chief guest Syed Murad Ali Shah, together they presented medals, shields and certificates to the high achievers to celebrate outstanding excellence in their respective disciplines. The Institute also gave prizes to twenty best performers amongst its dedicated staff that are the part and parcel of IBA.
Syed Murad Ali Shah, addressing the audience, said being a graduate of Stanford University, he has considerable experience in the fields of Economics and Civil Engineering. He stated that it was a great pleasure for him to attend the Convocation ceremony of one of the best business schools in Pakistan. Praising IBA’s unprecedented growth, he said, ‘IBA is a seat of learning parallel to none in Pakistan, with all the reasons to be proud of its glorious sixty years. It has gradually matured from an institute for quality education in business to a seat of learning in many other disciplines.
He also placed emphasis on practicality and following the core values of integrity, diligence and humility. By getting a degree from IBA, students are custodians of these values and representatives of their alma mater. Regarding this, he spoke about how the top institutes of the country are indebted to IBA for producing such outstanding leaders.
He also praised the commendable work done by the IBA Alumni, who have not only proved themselves in their professional endeavors but have also been sensitive to their bond with their alma mater. Their contribution in overall infrastructure development of IBA has been an example worth following.
This year, the award of Best Student Society of the Year was given to the Marketing Club.

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